On Sunday 29th May, 55 Adelaide sports trainers attended a workshop jointly run by myPhysioSA and Medipro to educate trainers on a range of topics.
Below is a brief summary of the workshop, with links to videos of the practical workshop sessions.
Thank you to Dr Webb an Orthopaedic surgeon from OrthopaedicsSA who talked about traumatic knee injuries. He discussed how to assess the knee, and the different types of surgery that he performs when the meniscus or ligaments have been damaged.
Rohan Hattotuwa, Partner myPhysioSA Sports Physiotherapist and head Physiotherapist at the Adelaide Football Club discussed Game Day injuries and how to assess whether the injured player can continue to play or needs further assessment.
He explained the basic rules of assessing a player:
- always watch the game to try to see any incidents
- ask the player what happened
- ask the player to move the affected area before you try to move it for them
- test for strength of the affected area eg calf: can they walk, can they calf raise, can they hop, can they sprint, all with no pain/loss of technique
- test them for performing key movements or actions they will need to do on field eg sprinting, change of direction, marking a ball etc
- if in doubt, they sit it out
Shin splints taping Version 1
If a player has medial (inside) shin pain, then this can be due to poor foot biomechanics along with overloading of running/training. Taping the foot with a moccassin taping technique as shown in the photo will help, then adding a strip of tape from the arch of the foot medially up to an anchor at the inside of the mid shin will give extra unloading of the main shin muscle.
Shin taping version 2
As shown in the photo, tape is applied from the medial ( inside) the shin and pulled across over the shin bone. This is repeated a few times and will give a ‘puckering’ effect of the tissues, which will unload the medial shin muscles.
Kneecap (patella) taping – not for running or playing with on
This simple kneecap taping helps to glide the kneecap for out to in, and will help with pain. As it limits the movement of the kneecap it can’t be used for games/training, but is good for having on in between to help ease kneecap pain.
Kneecap (patella) taping – game day taping
This version of kneecap taping allows movement of the knee, so can be used for game day and training. With a 5cm rigid tape, split the tape into two for about a 15 cm length, then have 10 cm of normal width.
Apply the wide section on the outside of the knee, then have the split tape go just above and below the kneecap and apply pressure to the kneecap medially as you stretch the tape to meet on the inside of the knee.
This will glide the kneecap from out to in, and help it track better, reducing kneecap pain whilst running.